Wildcat Glades Volunteer Team
Volunteer Program

Volunteer Program

YOU can make a difference. The support you provide as a volunteer is critical to the Audubon Center! You can volunteer where you are most passionate or help in multiple areas.
Volunteer Group Photo - December 2015 Photo: Tara Danner
Volunteer Program

Volunteer Program

YOU can make a difference. The support you provide as a volunteer is critical to the Audubon Center! You can volunteer where you are most passionate or help in multiple areas.

Volunteers assists the Audubon Center in:

  • Protecting and preserving natural resources like some of the last remaining acres of chert glade habitat and Shoal Creek.
  • Encouraging appreciation and stewardship of natural resources through hands-on learning experiences and educational programs.
  • Contributing to the educational and recreational opportunities in the Four State Area.

Enjoy The Benefits:

  • Education and training opportunities in both formal and informal group sessions
  • Expanded awareness of nature
  • Social interaction with like-minded people
  • 10% discount in the Heron’s Nest Nature Store
  • Exclusive volunteer recognition events
  • Invitations to special events, trips, and programs
  • Center newsletter

Opportunities Include:

Welcome Desk Volunteer: The Welcome Desk is the heart of the Audubon Center. If you like to meet new people and strike up conversations, this is the place for you! Volunteers welcome visitors to the center, offer information about exhibits, trails, natural resources, and programs and will assist in the Nature Store when needed.

Heron’s Nest Nature Store Clerk: The Heron’s Nest Nature Store at the offers a complete line of field guides on all topics, educational books, children’s toys, gift items, t-shirts, and much more. Shelves are constantly stocked with new merchandise. This is a great opportunity for volunteers interested in sales and meeting people. Volunteers will assist at the Welcome Desk and help greet visitors and answer questions when needed. 

Environmental Educator/Naturalist: Our mission is to guide learning. Volunteer educators help children and adults gain a better understanding and respect for the natural world. Our education volunteers also represent the Audubon Center at area festivals and events. No previous experience is necessary, but volunteers must be willing to work with children in an outdoor setting and have a desire to expand their interest in nature and wildlife.

Animal Care Assistants: Our resident animals are a big part of the Center. We have a resident rabbit, several snakes, turtles, and fish. The animals need cleanliness to remain healthy. Volunteers will feed the reptiles, as well as completely clean out tanks and add fresh water for turtles. No experience is necessary. Audubon staff will train volunteers on handling and feeding procedures.

Maintenance/Trail Work Volunteers: Trails often need repair to maintain easy access. Bridge repair, painting, grounds work, and other special projects often require the help of enthusiastic volunteers. Building or trail maintenance skills are helpful, but not necessary.

Garden & Landscape Volunteers: Various gardens provide beautiful aesthetics throughout the property. Gardeners are needed to aid in planting, watering and weeding of our gardens located on the grounds.  Each of our gardens needs to be “adopted” by our green-thumbed volunteers. There are plenty of opportunities for new gardens to be created on the property, including native plant gardens and demonstration gardens. Other opportunities include labeling flowers and creating layout maps of each garden. A knowledge of plants and gardening is helpful, but not necessary. Volunteers can work at their own pace to relax and enjoy the experience of creating a beautiful garden.

Special Event Volunteers: The Audubon Center hosts 3 major events each year: A Midsummer Night Dinner on the Bridge, the Shoal Creek Water Festival, and Birds, Bluegrass & BBQ. Volunteers are needed to help with information booths, assembling tents, cooking, parking, collecting donations for prizes, advertising, etc. 

How to Apply

Stop by the Audubon Center and fill out a volunteer application, or, email wildcatglades@audubon.org with your contact information and we will be in touch! 

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